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Golden Nuggets: Ben Coleman Breaks Down His Commitment

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“That’s where my heart is, that’s where I was,” Coleman told GoldenBearReport Friday morning, “Especially at this time, I knew it was time to shut it down and come on home. I know this is where I want to go, and like my dad said in another article, there’s no decommitting, I won’t be decommitting, this is where I want to go.”

Coleman was originally recruited by the Bears as an offensive lineman, but the Bears are bringing him in with the intention to start with the defensive line with the possibility to be moved to offense.

”It’s them asking me which side I’d prefer, that’s what brought that up,” Coleman said about starting on the defensive side of the ball. “I just want to make an impact, I want to make teams fear me and make teams have to gameplan for me. Playing the D-Line, you can make a very big impact by yourself and open things up for your teammates. In this 2019 class, I’m surrounded by some great defensive teammates and in the 2018 class, I know there’s some great defensive players too. That’s what I’m looking forward to, being a problem as well as them, because if there’s multiple problems on the field, you can’t stop them all at the same time.”

  • Trace Travers is continuing his roster breakdown, and now you can check out the evaluation of players with the numbers 53-64 and then look at 41-50.
  • Now for a non-Rivals link: Athlon Sports ranks the Pac-12 coaches. Despite giving him glowing praise, Justin Wilcox ranks No. 9.

Wilcox’s tenure in Berkeley is off to a good start. While last year’s 5-7 mark wasn’t an improvement from California’s 2016 version under Sonny Dykes, the Golden Bears were a better team and showed significant improvement on defense. Wilcox is known for his background on that side of the ball, as he worked as the defensive coordinator at Boise State, Tennessee, Washington, USC and Wisconsin. The Oregon native assembled a top-notch staff, including offensive play-caller Beau Baldwin. With most of last year’s team returning, along with a second year under Wilcox’s staff, the Golden Bears should return to the postseason in 2018.